In the summertime, the sun is a welcome sight. With its warmth and bright light it seems to chase away all the shadows of winter. But while the sun may be inviting, it can also be dangerous. Too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to skin cancer, premature ageing, and other health problems.
That’s why it’s important to take precautions when out in the sun. Here are some tips from the Confidential Clinic for staying safe in the hot sun:
When you are out in the sun, it is important to wear sunscreen to protect your skin. Sunscreen can help to prevent sunburns, skin cancer, and wrinkles. It is important to choose a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher and is water resistant. You should apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outside and reapply it every two hours.
Wear Protective Clothing
It is important to take precautions to avoid being sunburned. One way to do this is to wear protective clothing, such as hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Sunscreen should be applied liberally to any areas of skin that will be exposed to the sun. Hats and sunglasses can help protect the eyes and the face from the sun’s rays. Wearing light-coloured clothing can also help reflect the sun’s rays.
When possible, try to stay in the shade, especially during the midday hours when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
One of the most important things you can do is seek shade whenever possible. When you’re outside, make sure to take breaks in the shade to cool down. If you’re going to be outside for a long time, make sure to wear sunscreen with a high SPF rating. You should also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
It’s important to stay hydrated when it’s hot outside. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to prevent dehydration.
Dehydration can cause a number of health problems, including heat stroke, so it’s important to make sure you’re drinking enough water, juice, or other drinks to stay hydrated. You may also want to avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can dehydrate you further.
Know The Signs of Heat Exhaustion
Watch for signs of heat exhaustion, such as headache, nausea, dizziness, or lightheadedness. If you experience any of these symptoms, move to a cooler location and drink fluids right away.
If you start to feel overheated or dizzy, find some shade and rest. Drink more fluids and try to cool down by putting cool, damp cloths on your skin or taking a cool shower or bath. If your symptoms don’t improve after a few minutes, call 999 or seek medical attention immediately, as you could be suffering from heat stroke.
We hope you’ve found our tips for staying safe in the hot sun helpful. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, wear sunscreen and a hat, and take breaks in the shade as often as possible. And if you start feeling sick or dizzy, stop what you’re doing and get into the shade right away. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable summer!